Product Review: Fizik Kurve Saddle Sep 29, 2011

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As part of what I’m calling the bastardization of a period correct race machine, aka modernizing my vintage Eddy Merckx road bike, I was looking for a new, modern road saddle. I’ve tried other Fizik saddles before and aside from the Arione, I was never really sold on their shapes. When I was Interbike, I talked with the Fizik marketing manager about how I love my Brooks Swift and vintage Cinelli Unicanitors because of the right amount of flex you can achieve after breaking them in.

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That’s when Fizik’s marketing manager pulled out the new Fizik Kurve, modeled after rider and material flexibility, the Kurve is a new direction for modern saddles. Riders are all different in terms of flexibility, which is why Fizik made three different Kurve models: the Bull, the Chameleon and the Snake. The least flexible riders are Bulls, mid-range flexibility riders are Chameleons and the most flexible riders are snakes. Each model is marked only by a slight image on the rear of the saddle. As you can see, I’m a Chameleon.

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The Kurve saddles utilize what Fizik is calling the Mobius rail, or a continuous rail that acts like a spring, held in tension by the dual-layer composite fabric.

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This fabric is in single layers at the areas where flexibility is needed with the material.

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What makes the Kurve like a Brooks are these tension plates. If you want a soft ride, simple lock in the soft plate and if you like your saddles harder, insert the hard plate.

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I’ve put around 200 miles on this so far and it’s not only sharp looking but a damn nice ride.

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So what about the weight? The saddle ranges from 230g for the Bull and 224g for the Snake, with the Chameleon in the middle.

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Retail? $270 and they’ll be available in mid October.

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Many thanks to Fizik for handing over this baby. It’s made my riding much more pleasant.

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